PNP ready to rearrest heinous crime convicts freed for good conduct


Posted at Sep 02 2019 01:32 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2019 01:37 PM

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MANILA — The Philippine National Police said Monday it was ready to arrest without warrant 1,914 heinous crime convicts if the justice department nullifies their early prison release based on a 2013 law that expanded good conduct credits.

These former prisoners will be considered fugitives if they ignore recalled release orders, PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde told reporters. 

"They will be given due notice I'm sure but maraming hindi babalik sigurado 'yan," he added. 

(They will be given due notice, but I'm sure that many of them will not go back. )

The good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law recently came under scrutiny following reports that it could lead to the release of Antonio Sanchez, a former Laguna mayor convicted in a 1990s rape-murder case that was among the most followed in the country. 

The Senate launched Monday an inquiry into its implementation. The justice and interior departments meanwhile suspended last week the processing of GCTA applications to give way to a 10-day review. 

Report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News 

DZMM, September 2, 2019